The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics (4th ed.) Jean Aitchison () London: Routledge Pp. iii + ISBN (paper). Jean Aitchison. THE ARTICULATE MAMMAL: AN INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLINGUISTICS. New York: Universe Books, pp. (also available in. An established bestseller, The Articulate Mammal is a concise and highly readable introduction Jean Aitchison investigates these issues with regard to animal.

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The dividing line between ‘natural’ and ‘nurtured’ behavior is by no means as clear cut as was once thought. Socio-historical linguistics Language and mind Language and the media.

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Aotchison top it off, the information in the book is presented clearly and is easy to follow, easy to become engaged with. If you are at all into language then you will zitchison this. In contrast to most introductory books on psycholinguistics written by psychologists, Aitchison states that her book is “an attempt to provide an introduction to the subject from the linguist’s point of view–although inevitably and rightly, it includes accounts of work done by psychologists” p.


Return to Table of Contents. She intends to cover all of this by “considering four types of evidence: Jean Aitchison London: Among the areas that Aitchison talks about are the role of the lexicon, the “perceptual strategy” approach, the “slips of the tongue” phenomenon and speech errors, dysphasia, and how words and syntax are planned and assembled.

Aitchison manages to cover all of the core concerns of psycholinguistics, as well as bringing in some lively asides to keep the reader interested. As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and articulaet comprehension have been largely rewritten. An Introduction to Psycholinguistics by Jean Aitchison. Psychologists use the traditional scientific method, that is, they test hypotheses by means of carefully controlled experiments.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Caroline Aubry rated it really liked it Nov 30, A very brilliant introduction to psycholinguistics. So much for dinner-table conversations!!! Aitchison reviews the most recent thinking on the evolutionary changes that allowed man the physiognomy to form a language, how language probably Keith Jones rated it it was amazing Oct 27, As one researcher expressed it: It was fascinating and by far my favourite area of the subject.


Suggestions for further reading. Bankers clerk or hippopotamus? As a result, the chapters on grammatical innateness, child language acquisition and speech comprehension have been largely rewritten.

The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

She ends the book on an optimistic note, comparing psycholinguistics today iean “a flourishing tree, whose branches shoot out in all directions, and which is likely to get taller and stronger still” p.

Dec 15, Jon rated it liked it Shelves: Fascinating textbook on speech understanding and development. In modern terminology, the behavior is innately guided” p. In chapters 6 and 7, “Chattering Children” and “Puzzling it Out,” Aitchison writes about a central matter in psycholinguistics, the problem of exactly how children learn language and why they progress so quickly while learning it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Joanne rated it it was ok Jul 24, A must read for every psychology enthusiast. Aitchison’s exposition is extremely clear and concise, as she has the rare ability to reduce complicated and technical topics to simple sentences.